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Caf names Champions League, Confederation Cup final hosts

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has named the hosts of the 2020 Champions League and Confederation Cup.

This will be the first time the Interclubs final will be played in a single match, following a decision by the CAF Executive Committee last June.

According to the allocation of the locations, newly-built Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon will host the Caf Champions League final on May 29.

On the other hand, Rabat’s Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Stadium is the venue of the second-tier Caf Confederation Cup billed for May 24.

The two cities were given the green light following assessments of the submitted bids with infrastructure, accommodation and medical facilities taken into consideration.

In the Champions League, the winner between Raja Casablanca and Zamalek will lock horns for the top prize against the winner of Wydad Casablanca or Al Ahly.

For the Confederation Cup, Pyramids/Horoya will battle RS Berkane/Hassania Agadir for the title.

Home-and-away finals were ditched by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last year after the second leg of the Champions League final in Tunis was abandoned.

Wydad Casablanca, who were trailing 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate, walked off after 60 minutes because a malfunctioning VAR machine could not check a disallowed equaliser.

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Cairo teams Al Ahly and Zamalek and Casablanca sides Raja and Wydad have reached the two-leg Champions League semi-finals, scheduled for May 1/2 and 8/9.

Moroccan sides Hassania Agadir and Renaissance Berkane, Guinean club Horoya and Egyptian outfit Pyramids are through to the Confederation Cup semi-finals on May 3 and 10.

With Agadir and Berkane drawn together, the winners will have the advantage of playing the final in their country.

While Casablanca and Tunis were also available to host the Champions League final, Rabat were the lone bidders for the Confederation Cup decider.

Single-match finals are a gamble in Africa as football supporters generally shun matches not involving clubs from their country.

Limited flights and the fact that most African football followers cannot afford the relatively high cost of travel within the continent are other negative factors.

The CAF Super Cup, an annual match between the Champions League and Confederation Cup winners, was launched in 1993 and small crowds attended matches in neutral countries.

Embarrassed by tiny turnouts, CAF gave home advantage to the Champions League winners from 1996.


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